Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Sketches for Summer

Some new sketches I managed to get done in between the other things this summer. I'm sharing these as I want to encourage and inspire any budding artists out there!

Thanks to Tom Clarke who took the photo which I worked from!

I was really pleased to get this finished in time for a wedding...

And here's one I started before I broke my arm, and then abandoned, but I kind of like it as it is:

There are some tentative plans afoot to put some art up in the Oasis for people to enjoy - so please let me know if you are interested in doing this.

The Oasis is a pub that Carey Baptist Church has renovated recently and is running community events at so that we can meet more people in a friendly way - the website is www.theoasisreading.org.uk.

Let's keep on seeking to use the skills we've been given.

Movie of the summer?

So today heralds my return to blogging after the Olympics and everything. Hoping to relaunch it and give it a new look too, when I can, if summer slows down enough.

For now I'll just point you to something I wrote on The Dark Kinght Rises and I'm up for hearing your comments on the movie too, and the themes in it.

If you go to the link below you'll find my thoughts in detail on the movie:

But in brief, I liked:
+How the vision of the movie is to tell a story in a mostly realistic like the previous two movies and is not just dressed-up superheroes posing a lot
+The great cast and some surprising and satisfying character arcs, such as that of John Blake, the policeman.
+The way the menace of Bane picks up on some of the recent mood in our cities: "Everything's corrupt anyway, so why can't I get what I want".
+The sense of craziness when Bane gets his way, and the way they adapted the comic characters into a firghtening reality.
+The sense of redemption and hope that as the story ends there is something better for some of the characters to come, like in "Inception". 
Any quibbles with the script are very minor, in my opinion. Let me know if you agree in the comments below!